Marcel Proust

by Edmund White

Hardcover, 1999




New York : Lipper/Viking, c1999.


"Considered the greatest - and most influential - writer of the twentieth century, Marcel Proust was also one of its most fascinating figures. In this portrait, Edmund White, author of an acclaimed biography of Jean Genet and the much admired novel A Boy's Own Story displays a rare understanding of this most complex man. A strange, reclusive genius who often lay in bed for days at a time in his cork-lined room, obsessively rewriting his masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past, Proust was at other times a tireless socialite, attending the grandest parties and dazzling the guests - especially the most important ones - with his vivacity and wit. White also depicts the yearning, lonely boy, the ambitious grasper after honors, and the miserably closeted homosexual, an aspect of his life that this book explores frankly and perceptively."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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LibraryThing member fraxi
Yet another short book on Proust, but very different from Alain De Botton's book. Edmund White concentrates on Proust from a homosexual viewpoint. Witty and anecdotal it may be, but White gives a succint overview of proust's life and work. Useful bibliography on the works, and biograpies of Proust. Recommended.
LibraryThing member thorold
More of an extended introduction to A la recherche du temps perdu than a biography, really — a handy little guide to what Proust is all about, with the emphasis, as you would expect from White, on Proust's sexuality, but also quite illuminating on his snobbishness and on his semi-hidden Jewish background. Very interesting.… (more)



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